(Answered) HIST410N Week 1 Discussion: The First Total War

Initial Post Instructions
World War I is different from most other wars in that it was not a direct result of aggression by one entity towards another, notwithstanding the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Serbian elements. Instead, it was the consequence of a number of forces amidst a disruption of the tenuous balance of power in Europe.

For the initial post, select and address one of the following:

  • Option 1: Identify two forces that lead to WWI. Examine how they contributed to the outbreak of war.
  • Option 2: Select a major battle such as Verdun, Marne, Ypres, or the Somme and chronicle that battle. Add further details about the battles.
    • What was the main strategy? What were they trying to accomplish?
    • How did leaders influence and mobilize troops?
    • What were the main consequences of the result?


Several forces led to the outbreak of the First World War. Two of these forces are outlined hereafter. European expansionism is the first factor that led to the outbreak of the First World War. Before the First World War, the British and French empires were the most powerful in the world. They had acquired colonies in modern-day North and West Africa, Vietnam, and India. The expansion of these empires was a key force that led to the outbreak of the First World War….Please click the icon below to purchase full solution at  $5